Q4/2019 - World Economic Forum (WEF)
Studies on Cyber Security and on Artificial Intelligence
In the 4th quarter of 2019, the World Economic Forum Davos published two studies, one on cyber security and one on artificial intelligence. The two studies were supervised by the WEF Center for Cybersecurity in Geneva and the WEF Center for the 4th Industrial Revolution in San Francisco.
The WEF considers cyber attacks one of the “top 10 global risks” mankind will be exposed to in the next decade. According to the WEF, extensive effort worth several trillion dollars will be required in the next ten years to be able keep pace with technological change and to grant security. Above all, however, political and economic leaders must understand that cyber security issues must be a top priority in their leadership. The study includes a “Cybersecurity Guide for Leaders in Today’s Digital World”, which contains “10 tenets that describe how cyber resilience in the digital age can be formed through effective leadership and design.
The study on artificial intelligence points out both the possibilities and dangers that arise with AI and that will fundamentally affect the life of every individual in the coming decade. It urges not to leave the development of AI unguided. Society needs an comprehensive multistakehoder discussion in order to be able to sensibly intervene in future developments, so says the study.
Speech of Bruce Schneier on the Relationship between Policymakers and Technology
On 12 November 2019, the world-renowned Internet security expert Bruce Schneier gave a presentation to the World Economic Forum. In his speech he denounced the lack of cooperation between technology and policymakers. In his view such behaviour is utterly dangerous in a world of extremely rapid technological change. Developments could get "out of control". Schneier complained that there were too few incentives for talented technicians to go into politics. Technicians were often not aware of the political and societal implications of their research. On the other hand, most politicians did not understand the new technology on which they might make political decisions. He called for qualification programs for both technicians and politicians in order to achieve better hand in hand work of both stakeholder groups.